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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts in German


For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section in this catalog.

Requirements for a Major in German


Students majoring in German are required to complete at least 33 hours beyond the 200-level, including:

Students select one of three emphases: culture, linguistics, or literature.

Culture Emphasis


For the culture emphasis, students must complete two of the following (6 credits):

Linguistics Emphasis


For the linguistics emphasis, students must complete two of the following (6 credits):

Literature Emphasis


For the literature emphasis, students must complete two of the following (6 credits):

Electives


In addition to the previously listed, majors must complete three elective courses (nine credits) at the 300- or 400-level, which may include additional courses in culture, linguistics, and literature, or some of the following:

Additional Requirements


  • The 400-level course is to be taken in the fall preceding the Capstone. 
  • GER 495 must be taken in the last year preceding graduation, and not before.

Requirements for Secondary Education Major in German


Students majoring and planning for certification in German are required to complete at least 36 hours in German beyond the 200 level (GER 202), including:

 

Electives


In addition to the previously listed, all students must complete two elective courses (six credits) at the 300- or 400-level, which may include additional courses in culture, linguistics, and literature, or some of the following:

Additional Requirements


  • All German secondary education majors must complete an approved study-abroad program in a German-speaking country of a minimum of one semester in length. Students who cannot complete this requirement may work with a faculty advisor to complete one of several alternative programs, which may add additional credits. Students who have already spent considerable time abroad, especially in a German-language high school, may be exempt from the requirement. Please discuss your situation with an advisor as early in your program as possible.
  • The 400-level course is to be taken in the fall preceding the Capstone.
  • GER 495 must be taken in the last year preceding graduation, and not before.
  • German secondary education majors must achieve a rating of at least Advanced-low on an official Oral Proficiency Interview before they may begin their Student Teaching semester.

Requirements for Certification in Secondary Education


Students seeking teaching certification with a major or minor in German must attain a level of at least Advanced-Low in an official Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before applying to the College of Education. We will provide information sessions on preparing for the Oral Proficiency Interview each year.